Krasnogorsk-3 16mm

Daily Rate: 40,00€*

Weekly Rate: 160,00€*

*all prices excluded VAT (USt./MwSt.) of currently 19%


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The Krasnogorsk-3 (K-3) is a legendary 16mm film camera that has been cherished by independent filmmakers for decades. Renowned for its rugged construction, ease of use, and affordability, the K-3 continues to hold a revered place in the world of analog filmmaking. Whether you’re an aspiring director, a film student, or a seasoned cinematographer, the K-3 offers an authentic film experience that digital cameras simply can’t replicate.

Capabilities and Technical Specifications

The Krasnogorsk-3 is a spring-wound, non-reflex 16mm film camera. Here are some of its notable features:

  • Lens Mount: M42 screw mount, compatible with a wide range of lenses.
  • Standard Lens: Zenit Meteor 5-1 17-69mm f/1.9 zoom lens, providing versatility in shooting wide-angle and telephoto shots.
  • Frame Rates: Variable speeds of 8, 12, 16, 24, 32, and 48 frames per second, allowing for both standard and slow-motion effects.
  • Viewfinder: Optical viewfinder with parallax correction.
  • Film Capacity: Utilizes 100 ft (30 meters) daylight loading spools, providing approximately 2.5 minutes of footage at 24 fps.
  • Shutter: Rotating mirror shutter with a 155-degree angle.
  • Weight: Approximately 2.8 kg (6.2 lbs) without lens, making it relatively portable for handheld shooting.
  • Construction: Sturdy metal body designed to withstand rigorous field use.

Using the K-3 opens a world of creative possibilities that can significantly enhance your filmmaking. The 16mm film format offers a unique texture and grain, imparting a timeless, artistic quality to your footage. This distinctive aesthetic is highly sought after in music videos, art films, and indie productions, providing a retro or avant-garde look that digital cameras can’t replicate.

The manual operation of the K-3 fosters a hands-on approach to filmmaking. Loading film, winding the camera, and adjusting settings manually require a level of engagement that can be deeply rewarding and educational. This process not only enhances your technical skills but also strengthens your connection to the craft.

Additionally, the K-3 captures natural light and color with a richness and depth that digital sensors often struggle to emulate. This characteristic is particularly advantageous for outdoor and nature shoots, where the authenticity of the captured scene is paramount. Shooting on film also necessitates careful planning and discipline, as every frame is valuable. This encourages more deliberate and thoughtful shot composition and storytelling, ultimately honing your skills as a filmmaker.

Once captured, 16mm film can be digitized for editing, allowing you to combine the best of both analog and digital techniques. This hybrid approach offers the flexibility to achieve a distinctive final product that leverages the strengths of both mediums. Renting the Krasnogorsk-3 16mm film camera is a creative choice that brings a unique analog charm to your projects. Embrace the tactile, immersive experience of shooting on film and discover the timeless beauty it brings to your cinematic vision.

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